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Cebu City Health Department stops posting coronavirus updates on Facebook page

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'This was recommended by the IATF to avoid confusion with the public as we are still harmonizing data with other health departments,' the Cebu City Health Department says

TESTING. Coronavirus testing in conducted in  a Cebu City barangay. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City confirms over 1,000 coronavirus cases in a week

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Cebu City has the largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country and is still under enhanced community quarantine

HOT SPOT. Cebu City’s confirmed coronavirus infections continue to surge since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered it placed on lockdown. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City promises P10,000 monthly incentive to private health workers

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:54 PM

The Cebu City Council will also hear two resolutions which would give P15,000 financial aid to nurses in the coronavirus ward, and financial aid to infected patients

INCENTIVES. Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City lockdown: Local journalist questioned by ‘imported’ cops

Jul 03, 2020 - 6:12 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Journalists are among workers allowed to go out and perform their duty as long as they present their press IDs

LOCKDOWN. Cebu City police enforce checkpoint in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cimatu orders DOH-7, Cebu City to reconcile coronavirus data

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:41 PM

'When all the data is aligned, there is no conflict,' Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of COVID-19 response in Cebu City says

SECRETARY CIMATU. DENR Chief Roy Cimatu orders local health agencies to reconcile their conflict data. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Duterte extends GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Only Cebu City remains under enhanced community quarantine

GCQ. A barangay worker disinfect the streets of Barangay 60 in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte extends Cebu City lockdown until July 15

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:19 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte cites the continuing rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Cebu City

ENFORCERS. A military tank patrols a Cebu City street during enhanced community quarantine in June 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH says deployment of more doctors to Cebu City voluntary for now

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Department of Health acknowledges the issues raised with its initial plan to deploy rural health physicians from other areas to Cebu City

FRONT LINE. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

69 Cebu City Hall employees test positive for coronavirus

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Cebu City now has 5,494 cases after confirming 353 new infections. The Cebu Provincial Capitol is also closed from July 1 to 3 after 12 employees test positive.

CEBU CITY HALL At least69 employees of Cebu City Hall test positive. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DOH-Western Visayas suspends deployment of doctors to Cebu City

Jun 30, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Deployment will be temporarily held in abeyance until issues and concerns are settled with all concerned physicians and other stakeholders,' says DOH-Western Visayas Director Marlyn Convocar

FRONTLINER. A healthcare worker at the Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory. Photo from Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory Facebook page

Cebu City distributes new quarantine passes

Jun 29, 2020 - 4:05 PM

Exempted workers are allowed to travel with their certificate of employment and company ID. No quarantine pass holders will be allowed out on Sundays.

QUARANTINE PASS. New quarantine pass is issued by Cebu City government. Photo courtesy of NTF COVID-19

DOH sends more doctors to Cebu City, but rural physicians hit 'lack of consultation'

Jun 28, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Some physicians from the Doctors to the Barrios program say the Department of Health did not consult them about their redeployment to Cebu City, adding that this would jeopardize health in far-flung areas

BATTLING CORONAVIRUS. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area on April 21, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu City Councilor Antonio Cuenco dies of COVID-19 complications

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:23 PM

The former congressman attended his last city council session on Thursday, June 25, via Zoom

CITY COUNCILOR. Cebu City Councilor Antonio Cuenco dies of coronavirus complications. Photo from Cuenco's Facebook page

'Set aside politics' to protect Cebuano lives, says Cimatu rep

Jun 27, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda also defends Secretary Roy Cimatu against claims that he racked up a huge hotel bill during his visit to Cebu City

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Sec. Roy Cimatu hold a press conference for the COVID-19 situation in Cebu City on June 25, 2020, as barangays with high cases is set to have a lockdown. City Mayor Edgardo Labella said that quarantine passes will be issued to one per household after current quarantine passes were canceled to control residents from barangay from roaming around the city. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu's coronavirus positivity rate highest in the country, says DOH

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:35 PM

In the latest data, 33 out of every 100 persons, or one-third of those tested in Cebu, is positive for the virus

TESTING. Health workers conduct rapid antibody tests on Cebu City residents. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cimatu brings in troops as he begins battle vs coronavirus in Cebu City

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Over 90 checkpoints sprout across the city. The ex-military general inspects the most affected barangays from the sky.

STANDING GUARD. A police in fatigue uniform guards a checkpoint in Cebu City, where movement is restricted due to a lockdown. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Eastern Visayas reports first 3 coronavirus deaths in region

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:09 AM

Eastern Visayas regional health department says all deaths were returning residents and had underlying conditions

DISINFECTION. Residents of Tacloban City walk through disinfection tent. Photo from Tacloban City's Facebook page

[PODCAST] Cebu City: Ang bagong coronavirus hot spot

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Bakit tumaas ang bilang ng mga kumpirmadong kaso ng coronavirus sa Cebu City at kalapit na mga bayan?

Cimatu orders 12 Cebu City barangays under total lockdown

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:05 PM

The barangays under lockdown reported the highest number of infections in the city

LOCKDOWN. 12 barangays in Cebu City are placed under total lockdown. Police guards checkpoint in Cebu City. Photo by Alex Badayos/AFP

SAF troopers, more soldiers to enforce Cebu City lockdown

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The national government is sending the police's elite Special Action Force to help implement an 'extreme lockdown' in Cebu City, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

Members of PNP Special Action Force assigned as augmentation force for Cebu ECQ, queue up for COVID-19 rapid test before boarding the BRP Gabriela Silang at Pier 15 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

‘Fowl play’? Where are Cebu City’s ‘missing’ 17,000 chickens?

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:28 PM

A Cebu City councilor calls for an investigation into how donated chickens were allegedly given to city hall and barangay employees and resold instead of being distributed to residents

MISSING CHICKENS? Cebu City Council Session gets heated over accusations of missing chickens. Photo from shutterstock

Ormoc, Cebu province among emerging coronavirus hotspots, says DOH

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:19 PM

All emerging coronavirus hotspots are provinces in the Visayas. Eastern Visayas health officials fear health systems may be overwhelmed if the trend continues.

ISOLATION FACILITIES. Workers disinfect isolation facilities in Ormoc. Photo from City of Ormoc's Facebook page

Central Visayas police cancel all Cebu City quarantine passes

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:18 PM

(UPDATED) The cancellation of the city's quarantine passes is effective 10 pm, Tuesday, June 23

LOCKDOWN. Police enforce strict lockdown on the border of Cebu City and Talisay City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

DENR chief Roy Cimatu to oversee Cebu City's COVID-19 response

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:59 AM

Cebu City currently has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country at 4,449

VISAYAS IMPLEMENTER. Environment Secretary now Visayas implementer of COVID-19 response. Robinson Niñal Jr./Presidential photo

Cebu City reports 930 new coronavirus cases on first week back on lockdown

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The city also reports 44 deaths in one week, more than half of the 81 total deaths

TESTING. A Cebu City resident gets tested for coronavirus antibodies. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu med techs yet to receive pay for govt rapid test program

Jun 20, 2020 - 11:02 PM

(UPDATED) Out of 93 medical technologists, who conducted rapid tests last May in 3 cities in Cebu, only the 24 tapped by Lapu-Lapu City received their stipend

FRONTLINERS: Med Tech volunteers in their PPE suits, preparing to test residents in Barangay Basak Pardo. Photo courtesy of Renz Yu

PH reports 578 fresh cases of coronavirus, the most in a single day

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:10 PM

DOH says with the record number of fresh cases, the total of infections reported on Saturday was 943. Half of these confirmed cases, or 448, come from Central Visayas.

HIGHEST FRESH CASES. Health workers in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City prepare to transfer positive COVID-19 patients into an isolation area. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

National task force to 'evaluate' Cebu City's COVID-19 response

Jun 20, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The national government is also considering tapping a 'Visayas deputy implementer' to oversee the region's coronavirus efforts

Residents in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City undergo blood extraction for rapid testing as part of the massive testing of the City Government to all barangays. Residents who got their blood extracted for testing will be given five kilos of rice from the barangay. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu artist Bambi Beltran sues Mayor Edgar Labella, cops for rights violations

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Bambi Beltran files complaints against the Cebu City mayor, the Central Visayas police chief, and several Cebu cops for arresting her without a warrant and violating her rights while in their custody

COUNTERSUE. Maria Victoria 'Bambi' Beltran will file charges against Mayor Edgar Labella, who is suing her for a Facebook post. Photos from Cebu City Public Information Office and Bambi Beltran's Facebook page

PH coronavirus cases breach 28,000

Jun 19, 2020 - 4:32 PM

The total coronavirus cases in the country reach 28,459, as the health department reports 661 new cases

INCREASING CASES. Coronavirus cases in Central Visayas continue to increase. File photo by Gelo Litonjuan/Rappler

Locsin apologizes to U.K. for British man's death in Cebu City hospital

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the British man waited some 8 hours in an ambulance at the Chong Hua Fuente hospital before dying of cardiac arrest

CASES RISE. Commuters in the road in Cebu City on June 1, 2020. Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Cebu doctors urge local governments 'not to downplay virus'

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:03 PM

The statement comes amid a surge of new cases in Cebu City and the reimposition of a lockdown

SURVIVOR. Recovered patient leaves Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Mandaue City sets new border control guidelines after Cebu City lockdown

Jun 17, 2020 - 6:12 PM

In revising his city's border control guidelines, Mayor Jonas Cortes cites the national government's decision to place Cebu City under lockdown and Talisay City under modified lockdown

CITY HALL. The Mandaue City Hall. Photo from Mandaue City PIO official Facebook page

Cebu City to appeal for lifting of lockdown

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:12 PM

Cebu City is the only city in the country under enhanced community quarantine

LOCKDOWN. Police man checkpoint in Cebu City on first day of new lockdown on June 16. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Address terrorism but not at expense of human rights, Cebu City SK urges

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:39 PM

The Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cebu City shows its opposition to the anti-terrorism bill

Duterte extends Metro Manila GCQ until June 30

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:36 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's decision comes as the National Capital Region remains a battleground in the country's fight against the coronavirus

Passengers returning to work wait for augmentation buses along Commonwealth Avenue Quezon City on June 1, 2020, the first day of the General Community Quarantine in NCR. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte places Cebu City on lockdown again

Jun 16, 2020 - 12:27 AM

After a spike in coronavirus cases, Cebu City is back to enhanced community quarantine starting June 16, from the more relaxed general community quarantine

BACK ON LOCKDOWN. Mall goers follow social distancing as they enter a mall in Cebu City even as public transportation is still suspended after the province is placed under General Community Quarantine on June 1, 2020. Photo by Geo Litonjua/Rappler

Supporters of anti-terror bill in Cebu City allowed to rally on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:02 PM

None of them were detained unlike the 8 individuals arrested for protesting in the University of the Philippines Cebu against the passage of the anti-terrorism bill a week ago

DOUBLE STANDARDS. Police personnel were seen taking pictures of anti-terror bill supporters in the same morning police in riot uniforms were stationed in UP Cebu. Screenshot from a video posted by Bayan Central Visayas

The bystander of Cebu 8: 'I got arrested for asking a question'

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:06 PM

19-year-old Clement Corominas is arrested after asking a cop, 'What is happening?'

BYSTANDER. Clement Corominas. Photo courtesy of Corominas.

Family of #JunkTerrorBill protester in Cebu gets harassed by unidentified men

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:22 AM

In a statement, the family condemns the visit of the unidentified men and urges the public not to let harassment stop them from speaking up

5 persons from Cebu City's Basilica convent test positive for coronavirus

Jun 08, 2020 - 10:42 PM

The 5 personnel who tested positive are asymptomatic and currently on their 13th day of quarantine

The Basilica Minore del Sto Nino management undergoes disinfection as part of their precautionary measures for the safety of the churgoers against COVID-19 on March 12, 2020. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

8 arrested in Cebu anti-terror bill rally ordered released without bail

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

The judge's release order for the 7 activists and one bystander does not require a bail amount. The 'Cebu 8' have already spent some 36 hours in detention.

RELEASED. Photographed here are 7 of 8 individuals arrested at the anti-terror bill rally in Cebu City on Friday, June 5. Contributed photo

U.P. Cebu demands immediate release of students, alumni

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:33 AM

UP Cebu urges Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and the chief of the Cebu City police office to 'seriously look into this clear transgression against our constituents and our property'

Cebu City mayor says public has right to assemble even during health emergency

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:00 AM

Despite the heavy-handed tactics of the cops in dispersing a peaceful protest, the Cebu City police are 'professional policemen' and the mayor says he trusts their judgement

DEMONSTRATION. Cebu police haul off a demonstrator at the gate of the University of the Philippines Cebu. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PNP denies using excessive force, violating U.P. agreement in Cebu dispersal

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The police, who were in riot gear and carrying long firearms, claim that they were the ones assaulted by the unarmed protesters

FORMATION. Cebu City police stand outside the University of the Philippines Cebu during a protest against the anti-terror bill. Photo by Gelo Lintonjua/Rappler

U.P. Cebu to probe whether cops violated U.P.-DND accord in arrest of protesters

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Under the accord, the police and the military are not allowed to conduct operations within the vicinity of UP campuses without prior notice or approval of the UP administration

How to help activists arrested in Cebu City

Jun 05, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Several organizations amplify the call for donations to raise a community bail fund for anti-terrorism activists in Cebu City

#ReleaseCebu7 trends in PH as netizens condemn arrest of Cebu City activists

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest comes as students and members of various youth and progressive groups held a mobilization to denounce the approval of the anti-terrorism bill

Cops arrest 8 at anti-terrorism bill protest in Cebu City

Jun 05, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) 7 activists, including minors, belong to local progressive organizations in Cebu. The other person arrested is a bystander who did not participate in the rally

ARRESTED. Police drag two activists who joined an anti-terrorism bill protest in front of the gfate of University of the Philippines Cebu campus on June 5, 2020. Police say they violated the rule on mass gathering as Cebu City is under general community quarantine Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Metro Manila, Cebu City relax restrictions

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:00 AM

We label June 1 as ‘The Hunger Games: NCR, Cavite, and Cebu City Editions.’ For those returning to work, it’s like getting into a death match.